Each year, me and my wife Hazel have decided to help a Charity, by donating 25p every goal we see at the matches we attend. Over the years, people and clubs have also donated as we have visited the grounds and we have raised over £2,300 in the 3 seasons we have run the Blog.
During the 2014-15 season, we are supporting "Support Dogs" who train Dogs to transform lives of people with Autism and other disabilities. So if you would like to make a donation(no matter how small) and you see me at a match, please come up to me or Hazel, we would be very grateful. All Donators will get a mention on the blog.


Sunday, 31 August 2014


by Dick Durrant

Cotgrave continue to lead the Senior Division of the Precision NSL and boast a 100% winning record after four matches. Their latest victory was hard fought and came at bottom club Kirton Brickworks who, after promotion, have yet to register a point from four difficult opening fixtures. Leighton Nicholson was The Brickies hero with both of their goals, however the leaders are made of stern stuff and edged home by the odd goal in five with Kyle Waddell, Adam Gray and Ben Smedley ensuring they left Station Road with all three points. Burton Joyce and another newly promoted side Bingham shared the points and six goals at The Poplars- a result which leaves BJ in second place, two points behind Cotgrave but having played a game more. Bingham have suffered just a single defeat from their opening four fixtures and were given a helping hand by BJ centre back Matt Hayes who put through his own goal. Ollie Turton and Ed Hodgson also scored for Bingham but Darron Ward’s men earned a point thanks to Sam Buckle, brother Mark and Ryan Clements
Ruddington registered their first win of the season by beating Bilborough Town 4 – 2 at Elm Park. Michael Leslie, Craig McMorran, Pete Cassidy and Dave Rimmington saw Rudd over the line despite consolation efforts from Marcus Williams and Matt Wilcox. The same scoreline was played out at Forest Lane with much improved Sandhurst seeing off champions Selston, who, after winning the title last season, have seen an exodus of players and are currently rebuilding. Dan Ellis, Jamie Charlton (2) and one from Eric Pearson saw Bob Crawford’s side pull off an excellent win with Jay Cooper and Dom Airey replying. Rounding off the action in the top flight were Awsworth Villa and Beeston who failed to find the net between them in a 0 – 0 draw at The Shilo with Beeston registering their first point of the season in the process
Magdala are another side in transition, having dropped down into Division One as they seek to rebuild. Matt Harrington’s side have claimed a single point so far and were well beaten 6 - 2 by leaders Linby Reserves at ROKO. Netherfield Albion, who have knocked on the promotion door season after season without finally managing to open it lie in third place after beating Ashland Rovers 3 – 1 at Teal Close. Rich Willis notched for the visitors but it was not enough as Brent Horton, James Leivers and Chris Kemp won the day for Albion. Newark Flowserve and Southwell City Reserves drew 2 – 2 in a local derby at Lowfields. Will Nelson and Ben Lyons scored for Flowserve with Peters and Westerman replying whilst Nottinghamshire stalwart Darryl Rose scored twice as his side beat Wollaton Reserves 3 – 2. Gedling Southbank pulled off a shock by hammering previously unbeaten Hucknall Rolls Reserves 6 – 1 at Watnall Road with a Brian Hickling hat trick supplementing two from James Needham and South Normanton Reserves remain unbeaten after drawing 1 – 1 with Radcliffe Reserves who scored through Brett Soyser. Graham O’Reilly was Normanton’s scorer
Bilborough United are going great guns since joining the NSL and lead Division Two by six points after winning all four of their games. United’s latest win came courtesy of Ross Swallow’s double to see of Newark Town Reserves 2 – 1. Kimberley MW AFC battered Ashland Rovers 7 – 1 with Danny Walsh’s hat trick leading the charge and Watnall Athletic picked up their first win as Martin Ward, Kieran Miles and Colin Woodward scored to earn a 3 – 1 win over Arnold Town Reserves. Aspley Park are also finding the NSL to their liking, winning 4 – 1 at FC Samba with Sean Green getting a hat trick.

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